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Thursday, January 31, 2008

What Kid Would Know the Definition of 'Subprime'?

I have a major problem with today's strip. I don't know how old Hurrican Hattie is but I think she's young enough to not know what subprime means. I had to look it up and still don't understand the definition. Also, the teacher actually calls Hattie, Hurricane? Is the teacher that scared of her? Another problem I have is this strip was probably drawn in late November, early December and there is a TV reference. If I had a comic strip I would not reference TV because of the current Writer's Guild Strike. Once my shows ran out of episodes I quit watching TV, which is why I am now constantly online.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I've Never Seen a Doctor Wear a Head Mirror

When I went to Comics.com to get today's BL I noticed that today's feature was a comic strip called Secret Asian Man. I had originally thought it would be mild racist fun but instead I find some weird Japanese drawn apparently superhero comic strip. The premise has intrigued me so I'm going to see how the strip progresses. I mean, honestly, the Naruto reference is stretching the boundaries of comic strip age-limits.

And onto today's strip. Gladys is apparently feeling a little tingle in her left arm and has gone to the doctor. She states that vegetables are a part of her regular diet--vegetable oil that is!! But this isn't a laughing matter Gladys. The size and shape of your body indicates you only have a few more years on this good planet so I suggest you start eating healthier and exercising. Hop to it!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What a Bitch!

In today's strip, Gladys is one to talk. Not only is she six-five and the shape of a perfect oval, she's also emotionally abusive to her husband who seems to get great joy out of wearing that new turtleneck. Though I have to admit that the look in Brutus' eyes in the last panel are the eyes of a killer.

Also, I know it's only be a week but things have come up and I'm going to have to take some time off. I'll be back as soon as possible but there is something I really have to take care of.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm Not High-Tech Either But I Can Create Hyperlinks

Instead of commenting about today's strip which jokes that Brutus is not technologically savvy I've decided to look over other comics which are probably a lot funnier than TBL.

Diesel Sweeties
My eye caught the title of this comic so I had to see what it entailed. I'm now confused. Is the person in the black shirt a guy or a girl? I'm assuming it's a guy because there is no evidence of breasts and it has a mullet and the only girls I've ever seen with mullets are on Cops or in Missouri.

B.C.
Why the hell is B.C. still being published? Johnny Hart died in April 2007 and the comic strip hasn't been good since the 1980s. Apparently Hart's daughter and grandson have taken over the strip. And I'm sure it's just as good as it was when Johnny Hart was the cartoonist.

Pearls Before Swine
Ah, PBS. They can always give me a chuckle. And this one is no different.

Off the Mark
I wish I had a sense of humor like this. Maybe I'd have more friends. But does anyone else find it strange that everyone is basically walking around naked?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fat Joke or Pants Joke?

Today's strip is yet another example of the broad humor that is showcased in TBL. I don't like Glady's phrasing of the question in the first panel. It's like asking someone "I've never seen you wear a hat, don't you like wearing them?" If I didn't like wearing them then I wouldn't be wearing them now. That's at least what I would think. But the big question is what kind of joke is Chip going for? Is it a fat joke or a joke about the fabric of corduroy or a combination of the two? Either way, I love Brutus' depressed face in the last panel. And I'm ashamed that the Thornapple's marriage has come to the point where Gladys doesn't remember and/or care that her husband's pants caught on fire while he was wearing them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Just Go To Waffle House

Is it sad that I'm not really in the mood for today's strip? Is my brain starting to congeal after only five days? Anyway, Mr Veeblefester is inviting Brutus to lunch? Is this some alternate dimension of The Born Loser? And I've been to a restaurant where there was no free refills on water. Suffice it to say I was very disappointed when I paid the $80 meal for only two people and still didn't get any type of restitution from the girl. Needless to say, I never went out with her again.

What were we talking about again?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I Don't Like Cole Slaw

Today's strip is the perfect example of basic stupidity. Now, honestly, in real life would you actually be able to shove a hunk of cabbage into a paper shredder and have it come out perfectly. Also, why does it matter that Gladys is using Brutus' paper shredder? Have he banned his family from using his shredder? Did someone have a paper shredder accident and now Brutus needs to monitor the paper shredder usage?

Now that's a strip I would like to see.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Who's He Talking To?

So did Brutus have a near-death experience the night before today's strip? How many people honestly go to bed and try to convince themselves that the next day is the first day of the rest of their lives? One thing I love about Born Loser is the fact that Brutus always wears a hat, brings an umbrella and takes the bus to work. Where does he work? 1962?

I personally like to oversleep and Brutus doesn't seem at all in a hurry even though he's complaining about oversleeping.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Born Loser Platinum Edition

I'll admit I'm sometimes like this but it's no excuse for the drawing in the sixth panel. I imagine this is the look Brutus sees every night at the dinner table while his large ogre of a wife downs the last of the meat loaf.

I think a lot of people are like that when a new edition of one of their favorite movies comes out on DVD. I had the movie Clerks on DVD but when the tenth anniversary came out I bought that too. It had another version of the movie. Plus you gotta love Kevin Smith (pre-Jersey Girl). In my defense I do watch the movie with the commentary, I also may watch the deleted scenes or alternate endings. Also, is a tenth anniversary of Titanic out? Does it have an alternate ending? It would be funny if the ship didn't sink.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The One Time We Need PETA...

I think Wilberforce is a little old to something as stupid as this. Poor Kewpie, who is probably in the twilight of her life and she has to deal with this boy who is obviously missing a few brain cells. And why is Wilberforce standing at military attention? Brutus can't be that much of a disciplinarian.

And what's with Kewpie saddle-thing?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Who Are the Real Losers?

I've had a problem with The Born Loser since there was a strip where the protagonists' boss, Rancid Veeblefester (!) made a horrible sexist comment. I wish I could remember the date of the strip to showcase it because it made me realize that The Born Loser is one of the worst strips currently in production. The art is simplistic, the characters are one-dimensional and embarrassingly stupid.

The strip was started in 1965 by Art Samson and originally didn't feature any regular characters. Currently the strip stars Brutus Thornapple, his wife Gladys, son Wilberforce and collection of other characters, each more stupider than the last. No offense to Art or his son, Chip (who started on the strip in 1989) but the comic strip is horrible and needs to be put to sleep.

Our initial installment features Brutus talking to some guy who we find out in the last panel is his Uncle Ted. The strip gives you a small chuckle but the thing I'm wondering about is the age difference between Brutus and Uncle Ted. Now, keeping in tone with the strip, Brutus went bald probably around age 27. Brutus should now be about 40 at most 45. Uncle Ted should look older to me because he's Brutus' dad's brother. Maybe I'm just projecting my stereotypes of uncles onto Ted. Let's see if we ever see Uncle Ted again and maybe that will help clarify.